• Colon Cancer,  Just Jana,  Serious Issues

    A Colon Cancer Story: Q&A

    To read my Colon Cancer Story, Part 1 is HERE and Part 2 is HERE. What specifically made you seek medical attention? The pain.  I shrugged off the blood in my stool — both the red, fresh blood and the dark, old blood. I know better, but honestly? With Covid-19 and sheltering-at-home, I wasn’t willing to go to the doctor for just a little blood and some pain. But once Brian realized the pain was too much for me, and forced me to the ER, I realized it was bad. Especially since he didn’t think it could wait another 14 hours until a doctor’s office opened.   (side note: Covid be…

  • Colon Cancer,  Just Jana,  Serious Issues

    The Longest Two Months: A Colon Cancer Story, Part 2

    To read Part 1, click HERE.  I was playing a waiting game. Waiting for the pain to be gone and thinking that there’s some murderous tumor with a cute name like Dumplin in me, and that I have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen over the next weeks and months.  My amazing friend, Amy, came to Atlanta to take family photos for me. We hadn’t done them since our wedding, and thinking I might be losing all my hair or worse prompted me to take her up on an offer to “do whatever you need me to do.” While we were doing the photos, all my girls from home…

  • Colon Cancer,  Just Jana,  Serious Issues

    The Longest Two Months: A Colon Cancer Story, Part 1

    June 28, 2020.  Northside Hospital Emergency Room (written June 29) The doctor comes in and sits by my bed. He can’t touch me because of the rules put in place for the Covid-19 pandemic, but I can tell he wants to. The doctor who was joking with me thirty minutes earlier looks at me and says, “I’m really sorry to have to tell you this, especially since you’re alone – stupid Covid – but we found a large mass on your colon when we did the CT scan. There were a few lesions on your liver, and well, you need to have your colonoscopy as soon as possible and contact…

  • Disney Running and Travel,  Ho-Ho-Holidays,  Life as a Lawrence,  My Family,  Traveler,  US Travel

    Get up! Get dressed! We’re going to Disney! Christmas at Disney 2019

    Every Disney story has a moral. They’re fairy tales and cautionary tales and hopeful tales. The moral of this post is simply this: It’s hard as hell to keep a secret for ten months. BUT TOTALLY WORTH IT! Last February, Brian and I tossed around the idea of spending Christmas 2019 at Disney with the three kids. As we talked about it and looked at packages, we realized how much fun it would be to surprise them with the trip. We booked the trip and then Brian surprised ME with a weekend at Disney, so then we really got excited about making the Christmas trip a truly magical surprise. I…

  • Artsy Stuff,  Embroidery

    Project #366daysofstitches – 2020

    In 2019, I made a decision to paint a 3×3 painting per day. You can find that post here. For 2020, I am doing 366 days of stitches. The bonus this year is that it’s a Leap Year — so an extra day of stitching. My plan is to try a different stitch each month because practice makes perfect! I started with a 14″ hoop, divided into 12 pie pieces. After January, I decided to take it down to a 10″ hoop. That’s keeping it tighter and just looks better. January – French knots (464 of them!) February – Satin Stitch hearts (29 hearts for a total of 298 Satin…

  • Cruising,  Life as a Lawrence,  The Kids,  Traveler,  US Travel

    O Canada! Victoria BC: Alaskan Cruise 2019

    Read about the rest of our Alaskan Adventure: Seattle and Embarkation, Day at Sea and Tracy Arm Fjord, The Skagway Scene, D’you Know Juneau?, KetchiCAN (we move here stat?) Our last day on the boat. This would be a long day at sea, navigating the waters between Ketchikan and Victoria, BC, for a short night port-of-call. Like Juneau, the kids were really excited that my friend Karen lived in Victoria. They’d both read a few of her books and were looking forward to another “locals tour” of a city. Plus, her kids were going to meet us for the evening, too. We spent the day on the boat the same as other…

  • Cruising,  Life as a Lawrence,  The Kids,  Traveler,  US Travel

    KetchiCAN (we move here stat?): Alaskan Cruise 2019

    Read about the rest of our Alaskan Adventure: Seattle and Embarkation, Day at Sea and Tracy Arm Fjord, The Skagway Scene, D’you Know Juneau? Ok. I lied. Sorry. I lied when Skagway and Juneau made us want to move to Alaska. Ketchikan really REALLY made us want to move. This is one of the cutest places I’ve ever been in my life. I mean, the cutest part used to be a street of brothels, but you know. We arrived at Ketchikan early, and as usual, we were up, watching from the balcony. The view of the marina and the outskirts of Ketchikan were absolutely adorable. The bright colors of the buildings contrasted…

  • Cruising,  Life as a Lawrence,  The Kids,  Traveler,  US Travel

    D’you Know Juneau? Alaskan Cruise 2019

    Read about the rest of our Alaskan Adventure: Seattle and Embarkation, Day at Sea and Tracy Arm Fjord, The Skagway Scene Oh, Juneau. Magical, magical Juneau. This is the day our desire to be Alaskans one day, was cemented. If we could have grabbed our bags and sent for our things without drama, we absolutely would have. It started when we woke up to this view. We pulled into port around 6am. We were up (can’t say before the sun) well before then and watched us pull in from our balcony. The day was foggy and damp, as we’ve learned is pretty typical for Juneau. There’s really no silence quite like the…

  • Cruising,  Life as a Lawrence,  The Kids,  Traveler,  US Travel

    The Skagway Scene: Alaskan Cruise 2019

    Read about the rest of our Alaskan Adventure: Seattle and Embarkation, Day at Sea and Tracy Arm Fjord On Friday, we finally got to put our feet on solid, non-moving ground. I love cruises so much, but I’ve never been on one where there were two and a half days without getting off the boat. I didn’t realize until we hit the ground in Skagway that my body needed to be off the boat. Good thing, because Skagway was our excursion day! We were already awake as we floated into port, so we watched from our balcony. Again, with breakfast and coffee. Our excursion wasn’t to leave until later in…